Award of honor to NTNUI Orienteering

Text: Pernille Svartveit Osmundsen
Photo: Viggo Jakobsen/Globetrotter event og artist
& Nils Dittritch/NTNUI

NTNUI Orientering was honored as the student sports team of the year when Trøndelag’s sports circle was assembled in early in November 2023.

Eirik Langedal Breivik and Anders Vestøl received the award from the leader of NTNUI Jenny Hunvik
Photo: Viggo Jakobsen/Globetrotter event og artist

For the 14th time, Idretten’s Heiderskveld was organized in November. Here, the best in the Trøndelag sports circle gathered and were honored for their achievements both nationally and internationally. Scholarships, achievement awards and spirit awards were handed out to honor the many people who help create sports engagement and joy in Trøndelag. This time, NTNUI Orienteering was honored with the Student Sports Team of the Year award for the stable and good results in the club. The student club also asserted itself during the prestigious Tiomila last spring, which helped them get the award. NTNUI Orienteering has not won during Tiomila since 1992 when they won the women’s class, and last year they managed to win for the first time in the open class which ran through the night.

Facts about Tiomila (press to expand)
  • Tiomila or the 10mile is a highlight in orienteering and is organized annually in Sweden
  • There is a separate women’s class (5 stages) and youth class (4 stages) which run during the day, while the “Tiomilakavlen” runs overnight and is an open class (although mostly men take part in this)
  • NTNUI Orienteering lined up with 7 teams in the Damkavlen” and 6 teams in the “Tiomilakavlen”, with one of the teams being a purely women’s team
  • In total, there were 85 NTNU students who ran to the best of their ability in the championship
  • NTNUI Orienteering is one of the clubs with the most victories in the women’s relay with 4 golds, last won in 1992
  • This year was the first time NTNUI Orienteering won the “Tiomilakavlen”
  • On the winning team were both Anders Vestøl and Eirik Langedal Breivik who received the honorary award

The gala outfits were on and NTNUI’s leader Jenny Hunvik was on stage to present the award for Student Sports Team of the Year in front of a fully packed cinema hall at Nova Kinosenter. Hunvik says that NTNUI Orienteering has accomplished an incredible feat in 2023 and that it is difficult for those outside the orienteering community to understand how big it actually is to win Tiomila. She further says that being able to award the Student Sports Award in 2023 to Orienteering feels right, as they really deserved that honor and that she felt lucky to have the honor of handing out the award itself during Idretten’s Heiderskveld in November.

Stepping onto the stage to receive the award on behalf of NTNUI Orienteering were Eirik Langedal Breivik and Anders Vestøl, both of whom contributed to NTNUI Orienteering’s victory in the prestigious Tiomila. Vestøl expressed his excitement about receiving the award, emphasizing its significance given that orienteering is not among the largest sports in Norway. “It was a bit more formal than I had expected” he replied when asked about his experience of the evening, and added that it means a lot to be recognized this way. Also Lars Sandstad, leader of NTNUI Orienteering, emphasizes that it is not always easy to be seen when you perform in a sport such as orienteering. Therefore, such recognition for the entire club’s achievements throughout the year is extra nice.

NTNUI Orienteering is run by student volunteers and in November they organized the Nordic Student Championship
Photo: Nils Dittritch/NTNUI

The victory in Tiomila meant a lot to the student club. Vestøl, which has himself participated twice in the championship, says that winning was prestigious and absolutely huge, especially when they have to manage “all by themselves”. The event is a highlight within orientation, where many clubs participating have a lot more money to spare, including funds for coaches, among other things. Nevertheless, the student team, which is driven by volunteerism and has a high turnover of members, managed to win the international competition.

Volunteer of the Month: Karoline Ruud Dahlen

Text: Pernille Svartveit Osmundsen
Photo: Pernille Svartveit Osmundsen, Eirik Halvard Norseth & Leonie Richarz/NTNUI

Photo: Pernille Svartveit Osmundsen/NTNUI

In NTNUI’s column “Volunteer of the Month,” you get to meet some of the dedicated volunteers in NTNUI who contribute invaluable efforts. In October, you will meet the deputy chairperson of Volleyball, Karoline Ruud Dahlen.

Karoline has been the deputy chairperson for the second consecutive year in NTNUI Volleyball, and she is an unparalleled
“Yes person”! She is always there, no matter what it might be, whether as a coach, player, or board member.

She is consistently cheerful in the gym and
always willing to assist other members of the group. She consistently goes above and
beyond what is expected of her and is always ready to lend a hand to those around her.

Kathinka Lund, Leader of Volleyball
Facts about Karoline
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Group: Volleyball
  • Years in NTNUI: 6 years
  • Voluntary position: Two years as deputy chairperson of Volleyball and three seasons as coach
  • Field og study: Graduated bioengineer

We meet a cheerful Karoline, who is a bit surprised by the nomination, but who is she really?
I’m very fond of sports. That’s probably a big reason why I’m still here (in Trondheim). Before I moved here, I had this idea that “I’ll be here for three years, I’ll get my bachelor’s degree, and then I’ll go back home.” But then NTNUI happened, and I ended up staying for at least three more years.

What was the biggest factor that kept you in Trondheim?
NTNUI. It’s an incredibly great club. There’s a strong sense of community, and there’s always something happening. The sports are a lot of fun, and there are so many wonderful people. You make friends across teams and groups, and it’s just a great environment overall.

How did you end up in NTNUI?
I had heard that Trondheim is a great city for students in general. So, I had my sights set on Trondheim for that reason. I also got introduced to volleyball at a folk high school (folkehøyskole). I found out that NTNUI had a very good volleyball team, so I went to the tryouts and made the team.

But why are you so involved?
Volunteering is so much fun. And it took a couple of years before I took on any special roles, it’s also so that I can give somthing back. NTNUI has been essential for my well-being and my daily life as a student in Trondheim. Now, I can contribute to ensuring that others have the same great experience I’ve had.

Christmas Ball 2022
Photo: Eirik Halvard Norseth/NTNUI

How is it to balance your roles with your studies?
It does take a lot of time. You need to be engaged and motivated enough to make everything work. Each day becomes quite packed. But it’s also very rewarding, so it’s definitely worth it. Even though it’s tiring, it also gives you energy.

How is it now that you’re working?
Life becomes quite different. When I was a student and felt that there was a lot going on in terms volunteering, I could put deprioritize my studies for a while. But now, I can’t call my job and say, “Hey, I can’t come to work today because I have NTNUI stuff to do.” So, I have to be more structured in terms of working during the day and NTNUI in the evenings, but it works out somehow.

If you could change one thing about NTNUI, what would it be?
I would have even more sponsors, so it would be even more affordable for members to participate. I think people would really appreciate that.

What’s your relationship with NTNUI’s colours?
The colour combination is quite bold, it is. I knew before I joined NTNUI, I was like, “Why do they wear these colours?”. But you grow to love them over time. It’s something that stands out, and it’s actually kind of fun. When you’re at a game, wearing the windbreaker, and everyone can see it’s NTNUI, it makes you proud.

D1 vs Oslo
Photo: Leonie Richarz/NTNUI

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully, I’m still playing volleyball, and hopefully, I’m still active as a volunteer in some club, whether it’s here in Trondheim or somewhere else in Norway. I want to carry these experiences forward.

You have one million you can use for NTNUI – what would you spend it on?
It’s a bit of a short-term plan, but it would be to reduce travel expenses for members. However, we would eventually run out of money. If I could multiply that one million by a lot of digits, we could build a new sports hall. That way, more people would have more training time, better training schedules, and more people could join. But it’s challenging with just one million.

What other sport would you like to try in NTNUI?
I played handball for quite a few years, up until high school, so that could be fun. I’ve always been fascinated by gymnastics, so I think that would also be fun to try.

If you didn’t have roles in NTNUI, where would you prefer to get involved?
Now I’m almost thinking, “What happens outside of NTNUI?”. It might be fun to get involved with the Red Cross and contribute in that way, or perhaps with the People’s Aid and similar organizations.

The coolest thing you’ve worked on in NTNUI?
I find it very enjoyable to contribute to the major events we have. Especially when our top teams are in semifinals and such in the national championships. Creating something substantial around it, and seeing the enthusiasm in the arena during those games, with everyone showing up. In general, social events for the members, where everyone can come together and meet. That’s rewarding.

The board of NTNUI Volleyball
Photo: Eirik Halvard Norseth/NTNUI

Who would you prefer to be stuck in an elevator with?
Taylor Swift, I’m a huge fan. She could have a private concert in the elevator.

Roing’s tights or devil’s hat?
Devil’s hat, I think they’re really cool.

Director of Sit for a day or rector for a day?
Director of Sit, I think. It sounds more fun than being a rector. Manage the hall and all that.

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